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PED Releases District Report Card

on November 29, 2016 - 2:41pm

LAPS News:

The Pubic Education Department (PED) today released the District Report Card for last school year. The 2015-16 report summarizes student achievement, school board qualifications, educator quality, demographics, expenditures and parent satisfaction. Highlights for Los Alamos Public Schools include:

  • High graduation rates and proficiency in reading and math that consistently outperform state averages;
  • Enrollment growth and increased demographic diversity; and
  • High levels of parent satisfaction on the Quality of Education Survey.

School Board President Jim Hall noted that the lowest

Playing In Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on November 29, 2016 - 12:02pm
PEEC News:
The Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium will feature a fascinating talk by astrophysicist Dr. Rick Wallace along with a showing of the planetarium film Exploding Universe, at 7 p.m. this Friday.
At 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, We are Astronomers will play on the full planetarium dome. This exciting, family-friendly film reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the universe. 
For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit www.peecnature. org/planetarium or call 505.662.0460.

EDGE Bioinformatics Brings Genomics To Everyone

on November 29, 2016 - 9:59am

Los Alamos’s Cheryl Gleaner, left, demonstrates to students how to use EDGE bioinformatics to analyze their sequence data. At its annual Sequencing and Bioinformatics Training in June, Los Alamos hosted 34 participants from 10 countries to train them in sequencing and analysis, including the use of EDGE bioinformatics. EDGE tools are used in eight countries and within several government laboratories in the United States. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • New platform enables rapid genomic-sequence data analysis 

A new bioinformatics platform called Empowering the Development of Genomics Expertise

Community Invited To Holiday Tree Lighting Saturday

on November 29, 2016 - 9:42am

Scene from the 2015 lighting of the holiday tree in the lobby of the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


The public is invited to stop by the Los Alamos County Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos this Saturday for the annual lighting of the holiday tree in the lobby, just ahead of the Winterfest holiday lights parade.

Doors to the lobby open at 5 p.m. and Coro de Camara will be singing holiday music until the “flip of the switch” at 5:30 p.m. with the County Council to light up the tree.

A fun holiday photo booth, as well as

Sunday's Cowboy Breakfast Benefits Sheriff's Posse

on November 29, 2016 - 9:30am

Three Eagle Scouts From IHM Parish Honored

on November 29, 2016 - 8:38am

Newly invested Eagle Scouts from Troop 122 in Los Alamos, from left, George Margevicius, Nate Stephens and Ignacio Rougier. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos

Three young men from Troop 122 of the Boy Scouts of America in Los Alamos reached the highest rank in scouting Nov. 16 when they were invested as Eagle Scouts. George Margevicius, Ignacio Rougier and Nathaniel Stephens were surrounded by family, friends and fellow scouts at their National Eagle Court of Honor, which was held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall.

The Eagle Scout award requires advanced standards of

Letter To The Editor: Open Letter To Obama From Sierran

on November 29, 2016 - 8:34am
Santa Fe
Dear President Obama,

Earlier this week, my wife and I returned from several days volunteering at the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota. There was a lot of activity in camp preparing for the winter. I have never encountered so much positive energy towards a common goal, it was with great sadness we had to depart due to both of us getting viral infection of the lung.

Generally, an 1800+ mile long oil pipeline would require an environmental impact statement (EIS). This has NOT been done for this major project.

Trottier Speaks At Kiwanis On New Bradbury Science Museum Association

on November 29, 2016 - 8:24am
Andy Trottier tells Kiwanians about the new organization working in support of the Bradbury Science Museum. Courtesy photo
Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos

Andy Trottier, president of the Bradbury Science Museum Association, spoke to Kiwanis recently, explaining the goals and plans of this relatively new organization.

Trottier, a member of Kiwanis, has "retired" several times--after 32 years in the military, after serving as principal of Los Alamos Middle School (in 1997), and as security advisor to the director of Los Alamos National Laboratory (in 2015). Now he has

History On Tap At Unquarked Dec. 1 Features Discussion Of New Los Alamos History Museum Campus

on November 29, 2016 - 8:13am


Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap for an engaging discussion about the new History Museum campus led by Museum Educator Aimee Slaughter.

Learn the inside story of how museums create new exhibits and get a sneak peek into what you’ll experience in our renovated History Museum. We will talk about all the questions you’ve been wondering about since the renovations began more than a year ago.

History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square.

Tour Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Dec. 3

on November 29, 2016 - 8:12am
Canadian Geese spend time in the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge during their migration. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge to offer a guided tour of the Southwest's first urban refuge at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.  This day trip offers a unique perspective on connecting with nature in urban environments.
Valle de Oro offers a unique environmental education and recreation opportunity in a highly populated area while promoting a wildlife conservation message.

NMDVS Veterans Service Officer Changes Locations

on November 29, 2016 - 8:08am
SANTA FE — The Office of the Santa Fe-based Veterans Service Officer of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS) has moved to a new location.
Effective Tuesday, Dec. 6, NMDVS Veterans Service Officer Jeff George’s office work on the second floor of the Santa Fe Workforce Connection building at 301 W. De Vargas St.
As with all sixteen NMDVS field offices statewide, walk-ins are welcome—but veterans, spouses, or eligible widows of deceased veterans needing assistance with VA or state veterans’ benefits are encouraged to schedule an appointment by

PEEC Offers Guided Hike To Ojo Mica Mine

on November 29, 2016 - 8:05am
Dr. Kirt Kempter, geologist and experienced guide, has studied geology in South America and Iceland and led educational tours to a variety of local and international destinations. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Want to learn more about the geologic story of the Ojo Caliente region? Geologist Kirt Kempter will lead an easy four-mile (round trip) hike Sunday, Dec. 4 to the shimmering mica mine in Ojo Caliente.
The hot springs at Ojo Caliente have been a fixture on the New Mexico historical scene for centuries, visited by the likes of Geronimo, Zebulon Pike and Kit Carson to name a few.

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'

on November 29, 2016 - 8:02am
Los Alamos
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a new film based on the book by J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series. As in those stories, there are in this one magic people, wizards, witches and the like, and then there are the rest of us. We’re called “Muggles” in England, but in the U.S. (this story takes place in New York City), it turns out we are just called “non-maj” for non-magical. 
Arriving in New York on a ship from England in 1924 is a magical person by the name of Newt Scamander.

AGU: West Antarctic Ice Shelf Breaking From Inside Out

on November 29, 2016 - 8:01am
AGU News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A key glacier in Antarctica is breaking apart from the inside out, suggesting that the ocean is weakening ice on the edges of the continent.
The Pine Island Glacier, part of the ice shelf that bounds the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is one of two glaciers that researchers believe are most likely to undergo rapid retreat, bringing more ice from the interior of the ice sheet to the ocean, where its melting would flood coastlines around the world.

Obituary: Rita Mae (Bachman) Bowman Nov. 17, 1926 – Nov. 17, 2016

on November 29, 2016 - 7:52am

 RITA MAE (BACHMAN) BOWMAN Nov. 17, 1926 – Nov. 17, 2016

Rita Mae (Bachman) Bowman, 90, was born November 17, 1926, second of the three daughters of Carl Otto and Helen Cecelia Bachman of La Porte, Indiana. She entered eternal life on November 17, 2016, her 90th birthday.

Rita attended La Porte High School, graduating in 1944.  In her senior year, she won a statewide classical piano competition. She also enjoyed playing the cello in a string trio with friends.


Celebrate Giving Tuesday In Los Alamos Today!

on November 29, 2016 - 7:18am

Today is Giving Tuesday and a great time to support a favorite organization. Courtesy image

PEEC News:

Right in the middle of all the holiday shopping, just after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, falls a special day, and that day is today.

Traditionally the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is recognized as Giving Tuesday around the world. Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back, when people around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Here in Los Alamos, there are many opportunities to make a difference to a non-profit on Giving


Council Notice Of Possible Quorum At DPU Meeting

on November 28, 2016 - 7:11pm


Members of the Los Alamos County Council may attend the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities presentation from NuScale Power at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Los Alamos County Golf Course Building on Diamond Drive.

A quorum of the Council may be present. No action will be taken.

The meeting is open to the public.

Community Invited To Inauguration Of Dr. Richard J. Bailey As 21st President Of Northern New Mexico College

on November 28, 2016 - 6:57pm

NNMC News:

Española – The Board of Regents of Northern New Mexico College is proud to announce the inauguration of Dr. Richard J. Bailey, Jr. as the 21st president of the College.

The community is invited to the inauguration event at 11 a.m.,  Dec. 1, in the Nick Salazar Center for the Arts at 921 Paseo de Oñate in Española.

Northern New Mexico College cordially invites the community to the Inaugural Ceremony and the celebration immediately following.

Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Holiday Concert At Crossroads Bible Church Friday

on November 28, 2016 - 6:40pm

Mother (bass) and son (viola) Symphony members Gina Doorn and Jon Doorn. Courtesy photo

Maestro Tjett Gerdom conducts the Symphony. Courtesy photo

LASO News:

In what has become a popular seasonal tradition in Los Alamos, the musicians of the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will again present the annual Holiday Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at Crossroads Bible Church.

Under the baton of conductor Tjett Gerdom, the full symphony will play popular versions of well known seasonal tunes. The concert also will include excerpts from Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite No.

Thank You From LEWF As Cubs Released To Wild

on November 28, 2016 - 11:07am

Orphaned cubs Valley Girl and Cowboy were released Nov. 16 back to the wild. Courtesy/LEWF

LEWF News:

Valle (Valley Girl) and Caldera (Cowboy) were released Nov. 16 back into the wild after being nurtured by Dr. Kathleen Ramsay. The orphaned cubs came into rehabilitation after a tragic incident with their mother and marathon runner Karen Williams.

Dr. Ramsay turned to Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation, a non-profit, to help fund raise the $12,000 that she needed to raise these two cubs to get them ready for their release back into the wild.

Construction Begins This Week Along East Road

on November 28, 2016 - 10:27am


The Department of Public Utilities’ contractor Parker Construction Company will be performing work starting today replacing gas and electric infrastructure along East Road, N.M. 502, between Airport Drive and Camino Entrada.

 According to Department officials, the majority of the work will take place within the airport property line and on the outside of the road bed, therefore there are no lane closures, detours or interruption of utility services anticipated. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-February. 

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the

Small Business Saturday Draws Hordes of Shoppers

on November 28, 2016 - 9:11am
Owner Katie Brousseau makes one of many sales during Small Business Saturday at Warm Hearts Yarn at 1247 Central Ave. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Boomerang is filled with shoppers seeking resale bargains Saturday at Central Avenue and Knecht Street. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The O'Donnell family tries on the fashions at Uli's during Small Business Saturday. Seated is Kate O'Donnell with her granddaughter Willow Thran. Standing from left, Ella O'Donnell, Maria Thran and Jaleh Akhavan. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Owner Cyndi Wells, right,

Cinema Cindy Reviews: 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them'

on November 28, 2016 - 8:52am
Los Alamos

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is a new film based on the book by J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series. As in those stories, there are in this one magic people, wizards, witches and the like, and then there are the rest of us. We’re called “Muggles” in England, but in the U.S. (this story takes place in New York City), it turns out we are just called “non-maj” for non-magical. 

Movie poster for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'.

Arriving in New York on a ship from England in 1924 is a magical person by the name of Newt

Royal Manticoran Navy Collecting Toys For Tots

on November 28, 2016 - 8:45am
Bill Knight of the Royal Manticoran Navy, the Official Honor Harrington Fan Association collects Toys for Tots Saturday at Metzger's Do It Best in Los Alamos. The crew of HMS Implacable, the 'ship' that houses the local chapter of the Royal Manticoran Navy will be collecting toys Dec. 3  at CB FOX in Los Alamos and Dec. 10-1l at  Walmart Super Center, 5707 Herrara Dr. in Santa Fe. Stop by any of these locations with a new, unwrapped toy. The group also will be accepting cash and check donations at these locations. Make checks payable to 'Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.' Photo by Bonnie J.

LALT Offers Class In Laban Method For Actors

on November 28, 2016 - 8:45am

LALT News:

Los Alamos Little Theatre will offer a workshop and master class for actors Sunday, Dec. at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nectar St., Los Alamos.

The workshop and class will focus on the Laban Method for Actors, based on the work of Rudolph Laban, described as a visionary, humanist, teacher,  choreographer and theoretician whose revolutionary ideas bridged the gap between the performing arts and science.

The workshop will run from 10 a.m. 1 p.m. and the master class from 2-4:30 p.m. The cost of participation is $30, payable the day of the workshop.

Registration is due Nov. 28. A